In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. January 2018, this potential book project is in development.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


I've just received this email from Christina Gabbitas.  I think it is self-explanatory regarding her passion for children's reading, writing, drawing and general creativity.

I had to share it.

"Good morning,

Thank you so much for being a judge on the 2015 initiative, and for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated.

The top three

Winner: Bouncing Bananas by Millie Davis of Pennthorpe School, West Sussex
2nd: Route Healthy  by Isabelle Blackburn, Teeside School
3rd: Bikes  Bethan Jellett - Hambleton Primary, Selby

This has been another amazing journey, visiting many schools along the way, from Selby to Sharjah (UAE)

There were over 5,500 entries, which is fabulous. I now have the task of choosing fifty poems to be published in Volume  3 of the poetry book. All poems in the top twenty will be included. There are a number of poems from the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, which will also be included.

As a result of the 2014 initiative, Barnardos charity has received just over £1,000, from book sales.
The Invitation To Capture The Primary School Nation 'Children’s Poetry Volume 2,' is a contender for The Peoples Book Prize, Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award. This is a wonderful accolade for the children to take through life. (think positive thoughts for them on the 27th May)   

I am currently in liaison with Great Ormond Street Hospital with a view to showcasing/displaying some of the children work within the hospital, with a small event. I will keep you informed. 

My next stop is WHSmith Stratford Upon Avon on 30th May, where I will be encouraging children to call into the store with a poem, with a possibility of one being included in the next publication. I will also be signing Felicity Fly series. Welcome To The World Of Felicity Fly, is a FINALIST in the Peoples Book Prize, there are seven days remaining to vote, here is the link :)

will be announcing more details very soon about - Giving children from all backgrounds an equal opportunity of having access to more books and experiencing a festival

THANK YOU so much once again. I will email you with further news/articles about the initiative.

With kind wishes


Christina Gabbitas

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